“She is very bright” and “demonstrates an ability to understand her brief, undertake research and produce high-quality advice.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
civil actions / applications
Cecily has advocacy and advisory experience in cases involving allegations of assault/battery, unlawful stop and search, racial and sexual discrimination, false imprisonment, trespass to the person and to property, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, negligence, and investigative failures under the Human Rights Act 1998.
JUDICIAL REVIEW / HUMAN RIGHTS
Cecily has provided advice and drafting in numerous judicial review claims, and appeared in the High Court for (rolled up and self-standing) permission hearings. She has a strong public law background having worked at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the Public Law Project, and a human rights NGO in Sierra Leone.
Cecily has acted in a wide range of misconduct cases, “fast track” hearings, appeals and related judicial review. She is adept at drafting charges, responding to procedural challenges, and navigating the conduct and performance regimes.
INQUESTS & INQUIRIES
Cecily regularly appears on behalf of police forces in Article 2 and jury inquests. She has been junior counsel to Surrey Police in the fresh inquests ordered into the deaths of recruits at Deepcut Army Barracks between 1995 and 2002. Other notable cases have involved firearms, restraint, emergency response and psychiatric patients.
Cecily regularly advises on points of law in areas such as data protection and freedom of information; police powers under PACE, RIPA and at common law; and the misconduct regime.
cases & work of note
Cecily’s notable police cases span judicial review and civil claims.
Recent cases have included:
- Parker v Essex Police  EWCA Civ 2788
Acting for Essex Police in the compensation claim brought by Michael Parker (aka Barrymore) in respect of his arrest in 2007 following the death of Stuart Lubbock in March 2001. The Court of Appeal allowed the police appeal holding that, even though the arrest had been unlawful, Mr Parker was only entitled to nominal damages.
- Undercover Policing Inquiry (ongoing)
Junior counsel to Sir Robert Francis QC on behalf of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
- Gray v Police Appeals Tribunal  EWCA Civ 34
Led by John Beggs QC, resisting the judicial review of a decision to bring fresh Part 4 misconduct proceedings against an officer acquitted in the Crown Court of serious sexual offences. The appeal concerned the use of Part 5 (“special case”) misconduct proceedings where an officer has sustained a criminal conviction which is overturned on appeal.
- Inquest touching the death of Sally Hodkin (2018)
Acting for the Metropolitan Police Service in this inquest concerning the death of a woman killed by Nicola Edgington who had previously been convicted of manslaughter after killing her mother. Please see here for media coverage.
- Mohidin & Ors v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWHC 2740 (QB)
Allegations of racially aggravated assault, false imprisonment and breaches of Articles 3, 8 and 14 ECHR, acting for the Commissioner (led by John Beggs QC) in the trial against the officers and related proceedings under CPR Part 20 seeking an indemnity from the impugned officers  EWHC 105 (QB). Authority on awards of damages in false imprisonment cases.
- James-Bowen & Ors v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWHC 1249
Strike out (led by John Beggs QC) of claims in negligence and contract concerning the Commissioner’s conduct of civil litigation brought by Babar Ahmad.
- Harpham v Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police (sole counsel)
2 week trial involving allegations of unlawful detention under s. 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, unlawful arrest and false imprisonment, breach of statutory duty and harassment.
- Laporte & Christian v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWHC 3574 (QB)
Case clarifying the circumstances in which the police can go to the assistance of a body conducting a public meeting (led by George Thomas).
- Inquest touching the death of Estyna Blunnie (2015)
Cecily represented Essex Police at a 3 week jury inquest into the tragic death of a woman murdered by her former partner. Click here for press coverage.
- Inquests into the deaths of soldiers at Deepcut Army Barracks (2016, 2018 and 2019)
Junior counsel to Surrey Police in the fresh inquests ordered following the deaths of four soldiers at Deepcut Army Barracks between 1995 and 2002. Inquest into the death of Geoff Gray to be heard in Woking Coroner’s Court in spring 2019.